I'll be 62 in a couple of months. I like to plan ahead, including for my retirement. Given this study, I may move up my early retirement plans by several months. My initial plan was to retire in May 2018 at age 64. The only reason I'd wait that long is to get a few hundred bucks more per month from my pension. But, is it worth waiting the extra months to retire when a study such as this one shows much higher mortality rates and higher rates for vascular events for those of us on TKIs in our "glory retirement years?" Something to ponder, indeed.
So, a single study says that those over age 66 with CML had a 63% mortality over 5 years vs 23% non-CML individuals. INDIVIDUALLY, we all have a 100% mortality rate; all of us WILL die. The article does not give the mean or median ages of the subjects. Maybe most were in their 90s!
I retired from full-time work at 55 last year due to health and Gleevec side effects. I had a heart attack and subsequent CHF when I was 25, thanks to chemo Tx for Hodgkin's Disease. I also now have severe sleep apnea, COPD and CML, thanks to 9/11 Ground Zero work. I have a wife who is 54 and we have a 12yo daughter. My "early retirement" was driven not only out of my physical inability to maintain a full-time regular work schedule but also by financial worries for my wife/daughter. Although my pension is smaller, I know that if a I die tonight, my wife and daughter will continue to receive a good portion of that pension after my death. I wouldn't have been so worried about living long enough to receive my pension if my wife was a neurosurgeon instead of a part-time public school teacher, or if we had David Letterman's or Bill Gate's bank accounts,
Each of us has to have conversations with our individual doctors and financial planners, considering our INDIVIDUAL health status, etc. when making retirement decisions.
It's good to stay up-to-date on recent research, but when considering the results of a single study, just keep in mind what's happening currently regarding all we "knew to be fact" about sodium, cholesterol, Thimerosal, etc. I could live to be 90 or I could die tripping/falling when I get up after I hit the "send" button for this note.